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In Studio: Malcolm Burn and Cinderella

January 21st, 2014

It’s Tuesday, and Malcolm Burn, Ballet Master at Richmond Ballet, dressed in his regular black t-shirt and jeans, walks into the Gibson Studio. It’s a small group this afternoon, just his Cinderellas and their Princes. With their flowing practice skirts cinched around their waists, Maggie Small and Valerie Tellmann make last minute adjustments to their ribbons and shoes. Marty Davis and Fernando Sabino stretch their arms across their bodies and behind their backs as they chat quietly. Burn removes his loose wrist watch, places it in his small, grey-green duffle bag,…
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Seeking the Sacred in Dance Returns April 24

January 20th, 2014

“The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate. Dance may well be the awesome holy act of perfection. We are each born with a body and a soul and we spend our lives perfecting our instruments – whatever they may be for each of us.”                                                                                …
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Happy New Year!

December 26th, 2013

We hope you enjoyed The Nutcracker! Visit our Facebook page to tell us how you liked the performances. And while you’re there, check out all our great videos, including interviews with The Russian Bear, The Mouse King and our Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier.

To Me, It’s Like Breathing: Jerri Kumery and “The Rite of Spring”

October 16th, 2013

“To me, it’s like breathing,” says Ballet Master Jerri Kumery, when talking about Salvatore Aiello’s The Rite of Spring. Kumery, who is lovingly setting Aiello’s masterful interpretation of The Rite of Spring for Richmond Ballet’s 30th Anniversary performance, is proud and honored to bring her unique perspective on this powerful ballet to Richmond. Kumery worked closely with Aiello on the ballet’s creation during the early 1990’s, and since Aiello’s death in 1995, Kumery has become the curator of his works. Kumery’s description of The Rite of Spring is passionate and eloquent,…
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Phoenix Rising Comes to Life

September 17th, 2013

  Rehearsals for Philip Neal’s new ballet, Phoenix Rising, are well underway. Set to the emotional and challenging music of Samuel Barber, and colored with bright costumes designed by Holly Hynes, Phoenix Rising is a deeply personal ballet for Neal, exploring the theme of self-rediscovery. “It doesn’t look like anything else I’ve ever done,” says Neal, “but I am trying my best to just let it evolve.” Neal adds that working with Richmond Ballet dancers has truly been a collaborative experience – and visits to his daily rehearsals in the…
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